Tomas Sikanisi is from the Mankosi community in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, where he has lived all his life and finished high school. He has been engaged with Zenzeleni networks as a volunteer for over a year, helping the Zenzeleni team in installations and operations. He has been active in attending workshops and cooperative meetings of the Zenzeleni Mankosi network. He has also worked as a local researcher and interpreter for community networks-related investigations, including APC's. He is passionate about the positive change that community networks can have for people in his community and in other communities in South Africa.